Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the New York Knicks extended the undermanned New Orleans Hornets' losing streak to four games with a 102-80 victory Tuesday night. Raymond Felton added 15 points, making five 3-pointers for New York, which hit 14 as a team. Tyson Chandler grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who've won two straight since their first loss of the season and are 8-1 for only the third time in franchise history. The other two times, the 1969-70 and 1972-73 seasons, they won championships. Ryan Anderson, starting in place of Anthony Davis, led the Hornets with 15 points. Davis was ruled out shortly before tip-off because tenderness in his left ankle. Austin Rivers added 14 points and Brian Roberts 13 for New Orleans.
Kobe Bryant scored six of his 25 points in the final two minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on for a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets last night in coach Mike D'Antoni's sideline debut. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds despite a horrific 7-for-19 performance at the free-throw line for the Lakers, who have won five of six and moved above .500 since firing Mike Brown. Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Deron Williams had 22 for the Nets, who missed five of their last six shots in their ninth consecutive loss to the Lakers.
It’s a week of traditions and that includes the Ohio State/Michigan matchup. But any other year Ohio State is unbeaten and ranked No. 4 coming into its annual rivalry game with the Wolverines, its fans would be trolling the internet for the best airfares to the BCS title game. Not this time. Due to NCAA sanctions, Ohio State is banned from playing for the Big Ten championship next week and going to a bowl, and isn't a factor in the national title picture. So a wondrous and surprising season — 11-0 heading into Saturday's home game with the 20th-ranked Wolverines — will come to an abrupt and premature end on Saturday. Many of the faithful blame athletic director Gene Smith, who gambled and lost that the NCAA wouldn't levy a bowl ban.
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